Russian tourists experienced a shock upon departure from Phuket: the smoke from under the wing of the Azur Air plane frightened everyone in the cabin, and many hours of sitting at the airport brought a lot of suffering, both psychological and physical, due to the disorder of such a forced pastime. There were 309 passengers and 12 crew members on board this ill-fated flight at the time of the incident.
The details of this state of emergency are as follows: this weekend, Russian tourists got into a shocking situation when trying to take off from Phuket – the Azur Air airliner, on which the tourists were supposed to fly to Moscow, remained “on the ground” due to technical problems. According to the Thai edition of Phuket News, it was about an engine fire, the tourists themselves talk about “smoke from under the wing of the plane”, as well as a burst tire.
“An engine fire on a flight to Moscow led to that the Boeing 767-300ER aborted takeoff and the passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft at Phuket International Airport,” Thai media reported to begin with. It also notes that the plane, which could not take off, shut down the entire airport for almost an hour and caused almost ten flights to Phuket to be redirected to other airports.
As the shocked tourists said – and there were more than three hundred of them on board, they “heard loud pops and explosions.” The pilots, according to Phuket News, eventually explained that one of the engines caught fire. The commander quickly activated the fire extinguishing system, which cut off the fuel supply to the engine. However, the plane had already gained speed, which is why the pilot had to brake sharply. Because of which, in turn, smoke began to rise from under the wheels of the liner, as the brakes heated up, some tires were eventually damaged, ”the publication says. At the same time, the pilots still managed to stop the liner, although he eventually could not taxi back to the taxiway on his own. In the meantime, local fire brigades arrived at the “distress signal” to help the malfunctioning aircraft.
Tourists were frightened – and not only by the delay. According to them, they are afraid that this situation indicates the poor condition of the liners. At least, the media of some countries have already “submitted” this situation as evidence of the effectiveness of air sanctions against the air fleet of Russian airlines, mainly consisting of Western equipment.
Azur Air itself is neither on its official website nor in its official telegram channel at the time of Sunday evening did not comment on this incident…
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